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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon CountyAbout Us

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is part of the Federal Land Grant University system serving as the educational outreach arm of the United States Department of Agriculture.

We provide research-based information and programming developed at New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, part of Rutgers, the State University. RCE strives to better the lives of the citizens of Hunterdon County through a cooperative agreement between Rutgers, the State University and the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

You may reach the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County Staff at (908) 788-1339 between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 P.M., Monday to Friday.

Read more about Rutgers Cooperative Extension of HC in our 2017 Annual Report

Educational Programs

Agricultural - The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) assists commercial agriculture operations through research and demonstrations related to tree fruit, small fruit and vegetable crop management, implementation of Integrated Pest Management Systems (IPM), and viable use of natural resources.  All of which promote economic sustainability of the commercial agriculture industry in Hunterdon County. See More...

Home and Consumer Horticulture – Hunterdon County residents, professionals and civic organizations look to the Consumer Horticulture Program in Hunterdon County, which includes the Rutgers Master Gardener program, for home garden and landscape education, information and problem solving. Rutgers Master Gardener volunteers are a unique group of trained individuals who assist Rutgers Cooperative extension in providing horticultural programs and services to enhance their communities, and educate local residents in their home gardens and landscapes. See More...

Enjoying Healthy and Safe Foods, Practicing Good Nutrition across the Lifespan, Staying Healthy and Living Well - The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) promotes health and wellness for people of all ages through education, research and collaboration in Nutrition, Child and School Wellness, Chronic Disease Prevention and Food Safety. See More...

Productive Futures For Youth (4-H) - 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The New Jersey 4‑H Youth Development Program offers everyone in grades K–13, the opportunity to explore countless opportunities in science, arts, foods, outdoor adventure, and more. 4‑H is where there's fun in learning and learning is fun!

The goals of the 4-H Youth Development Program are to:

  • Provide informal, educational programs for youth in grades K–13 (one year out of high school)
  • Encourage responsibility, community awareness and character development in youth
  • Strengthen skills for adults working with youth through publications and training
  • Improve community partnerships and collaborations

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Educational Assistance

The Snyder Loan Fund provides interest-free loans to students pursuing their education in agriculture. Applicants must live in Hunterdon County a minimum of five years before applying. Payments for this revolving fund begun one year after graduation and are based upon a five year pay back. As soon as payments are received, the money is redistributed to other students, so timely payments are essential to the ongoing success of the program.  Since inception, 67 students have received a total of $614,000.

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News and Featured Programs

RCE Members Honored by Freeholders February 2018

Hunterdon County Freeholders Honor 2 RCE Individuals at their February 20, 2018 Meeting

On February 20, 2018, Bob Mickel, former RCE Agricultural Agent, and Ruth Claus, RCE Master Gardener, were presented with Proclamations by the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Bob retired from RCE after 31 years of dedicated service. Ruth Claus was honored for her more than 6,500 hours as a Master Gardener and receipt of the RCE Award of Excellence.

Read more about Bob and Ruth in the February 2018 Freeholder Meeting Report.

Photos courtesy of Jean Agostinelli.


Grow HealthyOn the road to building healthier, successful kids through hands-on nutrition, physical activity, and gardening programs.

Does your school have an “unproductive” school garden that could be transformed as a valuable health/wellness teaching tool? Is your school’s wellness program less than “robust”? Grow Healthy can help your school meet its wellness goals!

Grow Healthy is an evidence-based elementary school program that combines gardening with nutrition education with fun, hands-on components that support NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards and farm-to-school concepts. There are garden-based nutrition lessons in the classroom, afterschool culinary programs, resources for school and family wellness event, staff wellness in-services, and school wellness council support – all of which can help build healthier kids and families too. Read More.

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